The world's largest open source desktop event to feature a multimedia track and keynotes from technology notables

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BOSTON, Mass. - 23 May, 2005 - The sixth annual GNOME User and Developer European Conference (GUADEC), announced additions to the already impressive slate for GUADEC, which will be held in Stuttgart, Germany May 29-31, 2005. The high-level conference has added a special multimedia track, on the latest in free media technology, including speakers from the BBC and Nokia. Keynote addresses by Mark Shuttleworth, founder of HBD Venture Capital and the Shuttleworth Foundation and Nathan Wilson, Project Lead, Software of Dreamworks Animation Studio have been added to the program. Keynotes by Miguel de Icaza, GNOME Founder and VP of Developer Platforms at Novell and Daniel M. Kusnetzky, Program VP, System Software, Enterprise Computing at IDC round out the keynote sessions.

GUADEC is a unique forum for highlighting the capabilities and direction of GNOME, the user environment for desktops, networked servers and portable Internet devices. The conference will also feature meaningful discussions of the future direction of open source projects, including the Open Office suite.

"We're very pleased with our outstanding keynote speakers and the addition of the multimedia track, said Timothy Ney, GNOME Foundation executive director. "This year's GUADEC in Germany promises to be another landmark conference on open source technology.

GUADEC is being held May 29-31 at Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart, Germany and is co-organized by the Ministry of Economic Affairs for Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation and GNOME Deutschland, e.V. The conference is an opportunity for enterprise and government leaders to share information on IT policy and best practices for migration to a Linux desktop. The combination of top GNOME developers with influential users makes Stuttgart a not-to-be-missed destination for hundreds of participants from over 30 countries. Additional information on GUADEC can be found at


The GNOME User and Developer Europe Conference (GUADEC) is an annual gathering of GNOME developers, enthusiasts and individual, business, education and government users worldwide. It provides a forum for members of the GNOME project to showcase their work and to discuss the future of GNOME development. GUADEC is also home to open source luminaries, top-level government and business IT leaders who discuss strategies, deployments options and the future of open source software. GUADEC is housed in a different European country each year.

About the GNOME Foundation

Comprised of hundreds of volunteer developers and industry-leading companies, the GNOME Foundation is an organization committed to supporting the advancement of GNOME. The Foundation provides organizational, financial and legal support to the GNOME project and helps determine its vision and roadmap. GNOME is an entirely free user environment for desktops, networked servers and portable Internet devices. The modern architecture and design of GNOME includes a technically advanced application development platform and a powerful end-user desktop environment. Major leading software industry and computer manufacturers support the GNOME development effort, which is led by a worldwide community of volunteers. More information on GNOME is available at

About Stuttgart Region Development Corporation

Stuttgart Region Development Corporation created and coordinates the initiative "Open Source Region Stuttgart". With more than 40 events to date, some 100,000 visitors to the website and more than 23 million media contacts, the initiative was most effective in making the IT-industry and IT-users more aware of their Open Source software options.

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